A lightning survey of the best - and the worst - of the world
of sci-fi movies. Perfect material for a movie-based quiz
or just a quiet read in the smallest room in the house...
Movies: Facts, Figures & Fun
is one of those books that the Internet should have made redundant.
The biggest problem with this book is that I can't think who
this would be of interest to. Anyone
with even a passing familiarity with sci-fi movies will already
know most of the "facts" collected here.
example, what facts do we get on the original The Fly?
Fact one - the remake wasn't a remake but more a reworking
of the whole concept; fact two - there were two sequels The
Fly and The Fly II. Well thank you for that insight
into nothing. I mean come on. Even a quick scour of the Internet
will dredge up more entertaining information than that. Yes,
I know that this entry was in the "Remake" chapter,
but how about some more information other than "Yes there
was a remake - the end!" How about looking into the time
period each remake was released. For example Dracula
was remade in 1992 and the reason it was so topical at the
time was because of the whole Aids threat. Incidentally Dracula
is missing in this book's "Remake" chapter.
the end of the day, what we get are a list of sci-fi movies
that are loosely grouped under different themes. The majority
of each entry is taken up by the movie synopsis, which is
then followed up by a fact that, nine times out of ten, is
neither interesting or useful.
said it earlier, but with the introduction of the Internet
there really is no excuse for a book as thrown together as
this to be thrust onto an unsuspecting public. Probably only
useful to give to a die-hard sci-fi nut who you don't particularly
the whole think feels like it was cobbled together over a
dull weekend by someone with nothing better to do.
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